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Botanical Name : Veronica americana
Species: V. americana
Common Names : American Brooklime or American Speedwell
Habitat : Veronica americana is native to temperate and arctic Asia and North America where it grows in streams and bottomlands
It is a herbaceous perennial with glabrous stems 10–100 cm long that bear terminal or axillary racemes or spikes of soft violet flowers. The leaves are 1.5–8 cm long and 3 to 20 times as long as wide, short-petiolate, glabrous, serrate to almost entire.
• Flower size: 1/4 inch across
• Flower color: blue
• Flowering time: May to September
American Speedwell is edible and nutritious and is reported to have a flavor similar to watercress.
American speedwell is primarily used as an expectorant tea, which is said to help move bronchial congestion and make coughing more productive. It also has astringent and diuretic qualities
Native Americans used Veronica species as an expectorant tea to alleviate bronchial congestion associated with asthma and allergies. The plant can be confused with Skullcap and other members of the mint family. Members of the mint family have square sided stems, and Veronica species have rounded stems, and are easily distinguished from skullcap
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